Malaysian Muslims

Declaration of independence

Iceland's Sigur Ros are promising a rocking set when they play Urbanscapes in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

Is there such a thing as Malaysian indie rock? Or indie culture? There is, but you may not have heard of it. Malaysia's music scene usually only makes headlines when conservative Muslims protest against the sexy outfits of visiting R&B singers.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:52am

The promise of a tolerant and inclusive society

Last week, an insidious two-year rumour was finally quashed in Malaysia with the acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomy. It was the opposition leader's second trial on such charges in 14 years.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Anwar Ibrahim

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Anwar's acquittal is Malaysia's chance to move on and tackle real problems

Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal on politically motivated and probably trumped up charges of sodomy should now clear the way for a real contest in Malaysia's general election whenever Prime Minister Najib Razak dares to call one, but at least by March next year.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Justice has prevailed ... To be honest, I am a little surprised

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, after his acquittal on sodomy charges

People are regretting they cared too late. We have given Central away. The time has come to stop

Former chief secretary David Akers-Jones, on developers' plans for Government Hill

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Anwar's second sex trial heads to a conclusion

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Thrust into a fight for justice

For five years Dr Wan Azizah Ismail's husband, Anwar Ibrahim, was deputy prime minister of Malaysia and widely expected to take over the mantle of power from long-time leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Marathon session to end Legco's year

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Whose phobia?

After Malaysia's anti-gay camp for schoolboys made global headlines last week, it seems only natural to typify its average citizen as homophobic. Except nothing can be further from the truth. If homophobia is indeed prevalent in Malaysia, the general public has little to do with it.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Anwar's wife defies police order over rally

Keadilan leader, party officials summoned

Wan Azizah Ismail, the wife of Malaysia's resurgent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, has defied a police order summoning her and Keadilan party officials for questioning after a party rally on Monday night was declared illegal.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Outgoing PM finds way to save face

Abdullah to name date of resignation

The dramatic move by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to discuss and fix a time to hand over the reins to his deputy, Najib Razak, virtually confirms his political career is over and that a new man is in charge.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Power of democracy unites the exasperated

Looking at Malaysia today, one can better understand why the likes of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Henry Tang Ying-yen, the Tien brothers, Stanley Ho Hung-sun and the like - not to mention the Communist Party - are so opposed to full direct elections any time soon.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Abdullah pays the price for a reign of broken promises

Voters' disappointment catches up with prime minister

Lacklustre leadership and failure to fight corruption, keep prices down and defend secular rights against Islam are largely to blame for the severe blow Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi was dealt in yesterday's election.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong: a free port in every storm

Eloquent and elegant, Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim seems in his element as he lashes out against his government in a conference room in a Kowloon office block.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Anwar's warning to a late arrival

As Hong Kong government officials and local bankers drool at the prospect of muscling in on the growing pool of international Islamic finance, prominent Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim offered some intriguing advice to the city this week.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am